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Instrumental Hits
Buck Owens
Instrumental Hits
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
 
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Full Title - The Instrumental Hits Of Buck Owens & His Buckaroos. The retrospective nature of this disc allows listeners to experience the evolution of the potent instrumentalists who accompanied Owens circa 1961-1966. ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Buck Owens
Title: Instrumental Hits
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
Release Date: 9/12/1995
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Styles: Roadhouse Country, Classic Country
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 090771604927

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Full Title - The Instrumental Hits Of Buck Owens & His Buckaroos. The retrospective nature of this disc allows listeners to experience the evolution of the potent instrumentalists who accompanied Owens circa 1961-1966. The Sundazed Music CD reissue contains two additional bonus tracks 'Act Naturally (Instrumental Version)' and 'Tiger By the Tail (Instrumental Version)', Buck Owens & His Buckaroos' biggest crossover hits. This compilation should not be missed. 1995.
 

CD Reviews

1965 collection of instrumental album tracks and singles
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 04/24/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Throughout their stellar career, Buck Owens and the Buckaroos were both a crack live outfit and a hit-making recording group. Their music resounded with the twin Telecaster guitars and harmony singing of Owens and his right-hand man, Don Rich, along with the ace instrumental talents of Tom Brumley (pedal steel), Doyle Holly (bass), Willie Cantu (drums) and others. Throughout the '60s, their studio albums usually contained an instrumental track or two, and this 1965 album anthologizes many of those tracks. It also introduces "Buckaroo," the hit instrumental single that would become Owens' theme song.These tracks gave the band members a chance to stretch out, and gave listeners an extended opportunity to enjoy the players' instrumental abilities. Rich's fiddle playing on "Orange Blossom Special," "Faded Love," and "A Maiden's Prayer" show off the talent that attracted Owens to him in the first place, and his guitar lead on "Buckaroo" heads up one of the most memorable country instrumentals ever recorded. Tom Brumley's steel on "Bud's Bounce" and Leon McAuliffe's "Steel Guitar Rag" show off the West Coast style he developed, and the influence Ralph Mooney had on his playing. Owens himself, better known for his vocals (especially after relinquishing lead-guitar duties to Don Rich), flat picks a storm on his trio of polkas, "Raz-Ma-Taz Polka," "Country Polka" and "Buck's Polka."Unlike bands that made their name as instrumental combos, The Buckaroos chops were equally key on their vocal tracks. Their instrumental recordings are certainly fine, but given what else the band was capable of, most of these tracks are better heard as album accompaniment. After a half-dozen, one begins to long for the harmonies of Owens and Rich to complement the instruments.Sundazed's reissue augments the original dozen tracks with a pair taken from the 1966 release, "The Buck Owens Songbook," an album of hits re-recorded as instrumentals under the direction of Don Rich. Both tracks ("Act Naturally" and "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail") are fine, but greatly miss Owens vocals."
Hee Haw
David Bradley | Sterling, VA USA | 04/21/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ok, "Hee-Haw" was one of the oddest shows in television history, with the worst one-liners this side of Benny Hill. But the music--and keep in mind this is coming from a one-time Rock purist--the music on "Hee-Haw" was just about the best ever seen on American television.The original hosts were Roy Clark--he of the syrupy slow songs and cheesey infomercial guitar course, but a consumate instrumentalist--and Buck Owens, who was a revolutionary country star before Dwight Yoakum or Wynona Judd were born.This album, which finds its way to the top of my play pile more often than I admit to my old Rocker friends, is supurb from beginning to end. It's a very good band, but the secret ingredient is the excellent guitarist, Don Rich, who combines melody and twang masterfully."
Twang
David Bradley | 09/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Awhile ago Bonnie Owens lamented to Eddie Stubbs, on his WSM Nashville radio show, that the problem with country music nowadays is that they have taken all the twang out of it. If you want twang get this album. I bought the 33 1/3 LP album when it came out in the 60's and was glad to recently get the CD. Still sounds good. You can't buy this sound on today's recording market."